Fucked Up

A Special Presentation Of The Zodiac Series Live

Fucked Up


Sun, June 28, 2015

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The International House

Philadelphia, PA


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“Never sink and never hide / They tried to break our dream, but child: / Joy Stops Time”.

I was sent an unfinished version of Dose Your Dreams so that I might contribute string parts. I couldn’t stop listening to the rough mixes I received. A friend asked me how the record was. I replied, “My God, Fucked Up have made their Screamadelica.”

And psych-rock-groove it is. The drums mixed wide, propensity for drones, for delay pedal, for repetition, groove. The politics and aesthetics of hardcore married to an “open format” approach to genre. Elements of doo-wop, krautrock, groove, digital hardcore.

“None of Your Business Man” opens the album in familiar enough territory, a sax-assisted exit from an office space. But things get psychedelic very quickly. By the time the title track arrives, Mike Haliechuk is whispering, wah pedals are in full effect, and we’re wearing oversized t-shirts and pinwheeling. “Accelerate,” the lyrical centerpiece of the album, storms in like Boredoms on a bullet train and dissolves into a digital nightmare. The album closer, “Joy Stops Time,” finds Fucked Up at their most Düsseldorfian, nearly eight minutes of blissful motorik.

At the center of it all is Damian Abraham’s scream—a man chained, a man tortured, a true protagonist. The effect is one of an epic, every chapter attempting its own narrative devices, its own genre hybridization—and it works, it works so insanely well. The drama unfolds like a miniature world of many parts being explored, a map being illuminated, location by location.

As with David Comes to Life, there is a story here. David—who once came to life—is now indentured to a desk job. David meets the elderly Joyce who closes his eyes, opens his mind, and sends him on a spiritual journey. David embarks on his own metaphysical odyssey. He sees a stage adaptation of his own life. He speaks to an angel in a lightbulb. He sees an infinite series of universes as simulations within simulations.

Meanwhile, Lloyd—Joyce’s lover—was sent, decades ago, by Joyce on the same odyssey, but was lost in the void. Lloyd seeks to be found and reunited with his lover. Where will David end up? Will Joyce and Lloyd be reunited?

Dose Your Dreams—meaning: treat your dreams as you would a dream, allow yourself to be lost within them, allow them to open your heart and your mind, enjoy them as you would a drug. Reach out for my hand and pull me close.

—Owen Pallett
June 2018
Doom Squad is a multi-platform art project comprised of siblings Trevor, Jaclyn and Allie Blumas whose current work is informed by an attempt to conceptualize the lore and mystique of the Canadian wilderness by exploring how that lore is received and experienced within Western culture. Their music utilizes an eclectic mix of acoustic and electronic instruments and loops that bridge Western popular music traditions like garage rock and psychedelia with spiritually infused indigenous approaches to music like trance, repetition, breathing and chants.

For just over a year, the group has been festering around the
Toronto/Montreal underground, prodominently playing lofts and
unofficial venue spaces. The band officially "came out" during this past NXNE festival with 4 showcases. The official NXNE website featured them as "one of the best new acts to watch out for", and Resonacity magazine also declared them one of the best of the fest. Opening slots for Doldrums and Suuns, eventually lead to Owen Pallett selecting Doom Squad to headline his curated Destination Out showcase for Exclaim Magazine's 20th Anniversary.

Doom Squad is near completion of their debut full-length album, Kalaboogie, which co-produced and mixed by HDD musician Leon Taheny (Bruce Penninsula, Dusted, Katie Stelmanis, Final Fantasy), who was referred by Owen Pallett.
Venue Information:
The International House
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104